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Cinnamon Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman

Cinnamon Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman

When we invite friends over for breakfast, we like to go all out. We recently made The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast for company and now we are addicted. We want to invite guests over every morning so we have a reason to bake this extra special breakfast treat.

I love baked French toast because it can be made in advance. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to prepare breakfast, you can do all of the work the night before. When I saw Ree’s baked French toast recipe included a cinnamon topping, I knew it would be a hit at our house. We adore cinnamon streusel (if you haven’t tried our cinnamon streusel pancakes, you must. They are life changing.) This recipe does not scrimp on the cinnamon topping, it is loaded with cinnamon and sugar goodness.

We made the French toast the night before and kept the casserole and topping in the refrigerator. In the morning, I sprinkled the topping over the casserole and popped it in the oven to bake. Our house smelled amazing! Our guests probably thought we woke up with the rooster to make such a fantastic breakfast, but we actually slept in. The oven did all of the work.

This Cinnamon Baked French toast is sweet, sinful, and worth every calorie. Serve with extra butter and maple syrup-why hold back now? Indulge and enjoy! If anyone wants to come over for breakfast, just let us know. We need an excuse to make this decadent breakfast again.

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Yield: Serves 16

Cook Time: 45-55 minutes


1 loaf French Bread
8 large eggs
2 cups milk (we used skim, but Ree uses whole)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Maple syrup-for serving


1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Tear French bread into chunks, or cut into cubes,  and evenly place in the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour evenly over bread. Cover pan with saran wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter pieces and cut into the dry mixture using a fork or your hands. Combine until the mixture resembles sand with a few pea sized chunks. Cover and store mixture in the refrigerator.

4. When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from refrigerator  and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the French toast is set and golden brown.

5. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

Recipe adapted from The Pionner Woman

If you like this Cinnamon Baked French Toast, you might also like:

Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes from Two Peas and Their Pod
Baked Blueberry French Toast from Barbara Bakes
Baked French Toast with Maple and Praline from Recipe Girl
Cranberry Apple French Toast from Andrea’s Recipes

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144 Responses to “Cinnamon Baked French Toast from The Pioneer Woman”

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  1. VeggieGirl — February 16, 2011 @ 3:55 am

    MMMM looks divine.

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 16, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    This is totally sinful french toast. I love it!

  3. Erica — February 16, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    That does look awesome! And even better because you can make it the night before! I love a good crumbly topping.

  4. Blog is the New Black — February 16, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    This look mouth-watering! I made a cinn french toast bake for company recently, and it was awesome! I used cinn chips stuffed in the bread… yum!

  5. Oh my goodness that streusel topping looks incredible, you’re not kidding when you said this recipe doesn’t scrimp on the topping!

  6. Katrina — February 16, 2011 @ 5:30 am

    This looks so good. I still haven’t made this recipe though. I MUST!

  7. Rosa — February 16, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    It looks absolutely irresistible!



  8. Heather (heather's dish) — February 16, 2011 @ 5:51 am

    i’m kicking myself for not getting up earlier to make this…it looks divine!

    • twopeas replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 7:40 am

      There is always tomorrow morning:)

  9. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 16, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    A decadent and fabulous breakfast!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  10. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — February 16, 2011 @ 6:34 am

    Such a fabulous idea! We love that you can make it in advance and have it ready…who wants to be stuck at the stove during brunch?! This looks AMAZING.

  11. Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 16, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    I love baked french toast and I am in LOVE with that picture with the syrup being poured on!

  12. SMITH BITES — February 16, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    The Professor’s family would love this recipe – they do love their sweets!

  13. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 16, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    This looks amazing! I have still never made a French toast casserole, I need to get my butt in gear, and this is total motivation!

  14. Sara{OneTribeGourmet} — February 16, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    Maria, I love baked French Toast too and will definitely try this delicious recipe. Love the maple syrup, Yum!

  15. life and kitchen — February 16, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    Oh wow, forget breakfast! I would eat this all day long.

  16. brandi — February 16, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I love baked french toast – the topping on this one looks sinful :)

    • twopeas replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 7:40 am

      It is sinful and worth every bite!

  17. Fallon — February 16, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    I’ve never had a baked french toast before. This looks amazing!!

  18. Jenny Flake — February 16, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    What a fabulous looking breakfast, Mmmm!

  19. Barbara Bakes — February 16, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    I’m bookmarking this one. It sounds fabulous. We love a streusel topping too. I make baked French toast about once a month. Thanks for linking to my recipe.

  20. Laura — February 16, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I really need to give it a try. I love the idea of the streusel topping just like you pancakes! Mmmmmm, Mmmmm!

  21. Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 16, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    YUMMMMM! I’ve been thinking a lot about baked French Toast lately. My son informed me recently that I didn’t have enough breakfast recipes on my blog. Will have to do a version of this one!

  22. Sommer J — February 16, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    I love baked french toast for the same exact reasons! i love that it can be made in advance and its versatility. This baked french toast looks amazing! I want some now haha.

  23. Liz — February 16, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Agreed – no need to hold back when it comes to ‘weekend’ breakfasts like these – bring on the butter and syrup!

  24. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — February 16, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Oh yummy, girl, thanks for sharing! Hope you’re feeling better!

  25. EatLiveRun — February 16, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    that looks fabulous. I love baked french toast!

  26. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 16, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Looks great Maria!

  27. Susan — February 16, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I love french toast, but hate having to fry it. The baked version would be perfect!

  28. Shaina — February 16, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Love French toast bake. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts, and it works great as breakfast for dinner, too.

  29. Elle — February 16, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Beautiful! I also love the vibrant pink of the grapefruit in the photo.

  30. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 16, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I love this dish, it is a great breakfast treat! I made it and everyone loved it, I was thinking about adding some apples next time I make it. Lovely photos, as always!

  31. Kristen — February 16, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    This looks so delicious, Maria!

  32. This looks absolutely mouthwatering! What a wonderful breakfast treat. I can’t wait to try it. 😀

  33. Hope — February 16, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    I’m so happy we have overnight guests coming soon, so I have an excuse to try this!!

  34. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — February 16, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Oh heavens. Feed me now!

  35. Joanne — February 16, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    This is beyond decadent! I need to have more guests stay over so I have an excuse to make this!

  36. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — February 16, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    This looks mouth watering! I love cinnamon :) Can I come over now?

  37. Tracey — February 16, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    This look so decadent, I love french toast!!

  38. susan — February 16, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    yum! great photos, Maria!

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  40. Oh my goodness, Maria, this french toast is mouthwatering! This is my kind of breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

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